H. R. 2147
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 23, 2021
Mr. Joyce of Pennsylvania introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor
To prohibit States and local educational agencies that ban books from receiving funds under the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants program.
This Act may be cited as the
Guarding Readers Independence and Choice Act, or the
Loss of eligibility for banning books
Subpart 1 of part A of title IV of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7111 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:
Limitation on eligibility
Notwithstanding any other provision of this subpart, except as provided in subsection (b), a State or local educational agency that has in place any law or policy that prohibits the availability of books or other written materials to students, teachers, or schools within such State or local educational agency based on a determination that such books or materials contain offensive or outdated language or images shall not be eligible to receive funds under this subpart.
Rule of construction
Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit a State or local educational agency from prohibiting the availability of books or other written materials that contain obscene or pornographic text or images or content that is harmful to minors.